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Fall 2016
Nov 7-11

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EUC Lecture

Wed, Nov 9 | 12 pm

David Kinley Hall, Rm 206,

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Integrating Migrants in Times of Economic Change: Comparing Responses in European Cities
Speaker: Patrick Ireland, Political Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
Across the post-industrial West, the spatial concentration of migrant-origin residents has been occurring in particular urban and suburban neighborhoods, where multicultural societies are either being built or rendered unworkable. Widely seen as byproducts of pro-globalization strategies, both worker displacement and polarization along racial and ethnic lines are expected to worsen during rapid economic transformations, such as those witnessed in the tumultuous period since the financial crash of 2007–08. However, many global centers—especially those just below the very top tier—aspire to bolster their status and success by being “creative cities” that celebrate openness, diversity, and multicultural harmony. Different approaches to reconciling those two apparently contradictory processes are revealed through a comparison of two similar, secondary global cities, Barcelona and Hamburg. The focus is on trends in the spatial concentration and structural integration of migrant-origin residents (Poles, Romanians, Serbs, Pakistanis, and Ghanaians) and the policies affecting them and undocumented migrants and refugees over the past decade and a half. Local policy responses, it becomes clear, have proven critical in determining the effects of deep economic change on the shared lived experience across the case cities.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science


Thu, Nov 10 | 4 - 6:30 pm

Roundtable at 4 pm to be followed by reception at 5:30 pm

Illini Union, Rm 104

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Transatlantic Relations in the Aftermath of U.S. Elections


Valerie Rouxel-Laxton, Head of Economic and Financial Affairs (ECFIN) Section, Delegation of the EU to the U.S.

Kostas Kourtikakis, Political Science, University of Illinois

Shamira Gelbman, Political Science, Wabash College

Moderator: Niala Boodhoo, Host of "The 21st" show on WILL Radio, Illinois Public Media, University of Illinois College of Media

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies (CGS)



  Upcoming Events



Community Lecture and Open Discussion

Mon, Nov 14 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Champaign Public Library
Robeson Pavilion Room C

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Immigrant and Minority Children in Public Schools: A European and American comparative discussion”

SpeakerLetitia Zwickert | International Relations, World Cultures, and Minorities Teacher, Social Studies Department, Naperville Central High School
& The First K-12 Educator to be named a Fulbright-Schuman Fellow
A community lecture and open discussion
-- The models integration of immigrant and refugee children in European public schools and the United States;
-- Lessons the United States and Europe can learn from each other about integration of minority children in schools
-- How we can better serve the needs of immigrant and minority children public schools in Champaign County.

Speaker Bio: As a Fulbright-Schuman Scholar, Letitia Zwickert conducted research from January to June of 2016, assessing best practices in education for migrants and minorities in France, Luxembourg and Belgium. Her study tried to answer how education in these countries supports all high school children, regardless of their social or cultural heritage, by looking at best practices at the teacher, administrative, and Ministry levels.

Light refreshments will be served

Organized by the University of Illinois European Union Center with support from Illinois Humanities and the Illinois Speaks grant and co-sponsored by the University of Illinois Center for Global Studies.


Conversations on Europe Videconference Series (with Univ. of Pittsburgh)

Tue, Nov 15; 11 am

 507 E Green, Room 411

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Conversations on Europe: Black Lives Matter: The Movement in Europe

In Europe, the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. has struck a chord with some. Issues of procedural inequalities and police violence have been made more public in Black Lives Matter marches in cities throughout Europe. How does the movement in Europe differ from its American inspiration? How do issues of ethnicity and religion inform understandings of race in Europe? And what has been the response of authorities? Join our panel of experts for an in-depth exploration of this timely topic.

Felix Germain, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Toyin Agbetu, Community Educator, UK
Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor, Birmingham City University

Moderated by: Waverly Duck, Assoc. Professor, Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Sponsored by European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University


Related Events


Arabic Poetry Night

Tue, Nov 8 | 4-5 pm

1080 FLB (Lucy Elis Lounge)


Arabic Poetry Night

The University of Illinois Arabic Program cordially invites you Arabic Potery Night. 

Meet fellow students and make new friends!

Free & open to the public.

Info Session

Wed, Nov 2 | 12 pm

School of Social Work, 1010 West Nevada, Rm 2015

SOCW330/561: International Service Learning in the USA and Greece

“An innovative, experiential course offering which culminates in Greece”

Have you ever thought about studying abroad?
Did you know that there are unaccompanied minors in our community?
Do you wonder where refugees go when they arrive in the U.S.?
Are you familiar with the global refugee crisis?
Want to take a course that will change the way you view the world?

Join us for the info session on a unique, short-term, faculty-led course offered by the UIUC School of Social Work, co-sponsored by the Illinois Abroad Global Exchange office, and the Technological Educational Institute, School of Social Work, Athens, Greece. 

Bring your lunch and come learn about how you can earn social work credit while providing a service to domestic agencies and non-government organizations in Athens, Greece, while addressing the refugee crisis.



EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

Is Siclian Italian?

Elizabeth Lorentzen, a senior studying Speech and Hearing Sciences and also completing a minor in Italian Studies, discusses if Sicilian, a language spoken on the largest island in the Mediterranean, is a minority language or a dialect. Read more on the EUC’s Linguis Europae blog

As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments on our Blog and sharing posts/tweets with others! Also, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!





 FLAS Fellowhips


FLAS Fellowships for 
Summer 2017 & Academic Year 2017/18

The fellowship is open to both Undergraduate & Graduate Students and may include tuition/fee payments and a generous stipend. It may be used with Study Abroad or studying on U of I campus. The fellowship requires the study of a modern foreign language in combination with area studies, area aspects of professional studies, or international studies. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible. Fellows can hold additional graduate/undergraduate appointments (TA, RA, GA, student hourly appointments) concurrently with FLAS fellowships.

Eligible languages: European Union Center FLAS fellowships may be used for the study of many languages, including: Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, French (graduate students only), German (graduate students only), Modern Greek, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian-Bosnian-Croatian, Spanish (graduate students only), Swedish, Turkish, or Ukrainian.

Deadline for applications: February 3, 2017
Online aplication is available on the Illinois FLAS website


Questions? Contact: EUC FLAS Coordinator Dr. Sebnem Ozkan (217-244-0570 or

For more information about FLAS Fellowships, visit the Illinois FLAS website

Announcing EUC Paper Series

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is launching its first online journal and will be accepting submissions from faculty and graduate students across disciplines. The EUC Paper Series is an online publication which delves into contemporary and historical European topics from global, transatlantic, and intra-European perspectives. With the purpose of facilitating a dynamic conversation regarding current affairs in Europe and the European Union, this series makes relevant material available and accessible, and concurrently gives scholars and students the opportunity to contribute their research to a receptive and engaged audience.

The EUC Paper Series offers two publication opportunities for scholars of all professional stages. The first initiative, MAEUS Talk, encompasses concise analytical graduate papers reflecting on student research, field experience, policy insights, and current events. The second initiative, Policy Insights, aims to provide academics, practitioners, decision-makers, and general audiences with thought-provoking essays reflecting on ongoing research, policies, and current events.

The MAEUS Talk Paper Series is open to graduate students of all disciplines whose interests ally with current or past policy development, history, theories, etc. in Europe and the European Union.

The Policy Insights Paper Series is soliciting submissions from advanced Ph.D. students and faculty whose research addresses topics including but not limited to:

  • Policy development, negotiation, revision, or retraction among EU member states
  • Exploration of the relationship between policies at state and national levels
  • Evaluations and critical analyses of current or past European or EU policies

Papers for consideration should be sent to: by January 9th, 2017.

Information about submission guidelines can be found on the European Union Center’s website:

Spring 2017 Course

Interested in service-learning off the beaten track?

SOCW 325: International Development with Grassroots Organizations

In this course, students complete a service-learning placement during a 6- to 8- week immersion experience abroad with an international grassroots organization of their choice.

In addition to receiving credit, students completing the program are eligible to earn a Certificate in Critically Informed International Development.

This course is facilitated in partnership with Omprakash EdGE.

Enrollment begins in November 2016.

Please contact Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange and see here for more information.



Published monthly, EuropeNow is an interdisciplinary publication that features research, commentary, and journalism on Europe, alongside literary nonfiction, fiction, poetry, translations, and visual art. It is published by the Council for European Studies at Columbia University. 

For more information, visit  the EuropeNow page and Facebook page 
Call for Papers for Graduate Student Conference on the EU 

European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh in cooperation with the European Union Studies Association

Call for Papers: 12th Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union

Towards a New EU

March 17-18, 2017 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Since its inception, the European Union has been conceived of as a new kind of project – a supranational experiment involving economic and fiscal union, political union, and even cultural policy.  After decades of growth and expansion, the EU was hit by several years of recession and slow recovery and now faces its first significant episode of contraction with the UK’s exit. What is the future for the European Project? With both an on-going migration crisis and the great unknown of Brexit looming, what challenges does Europe face as an actor in global politics?  Will other member states follow suit in rejecting the European project (or aspects thereof)?  The Organizing Committee of the Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Conference on the European Union welcomes submissions from all disciplines and topics including, but not limited to, EU politics, governance, economics, law, history, security studies, institutions and behavior studies, and cultural studies, as well as enlargement, immigration, development, trade, and foreign policy.  Papers addressing the theme of the conference will receive special consideration.

Submission Deadline for Abstracts: November 15, 2017

At least two (2) nights of housing will be provided for accepted conference participants.  In addition, accepted students will be invited to attend a Faculty Research Conference which will be held at Pitt March 15-17, 2017.  That conference, the theme of which is “A Diversity of (European) Identities: From the Subnational to the Supranational,” will feature keynote addresses by Monserrat Guibernau (Sociology, University of Cambridge) and Matthew Goodwin (Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, UK). For more, see  Special social events will be organized for participants in both conferences to network; senior researchers participating in the Faculty Research Conference will be invited to serve as discussants on student panels at the GSCEU. An additional night of housing may be available to take advantage of this opportunity. 

Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length. Preference will be given to abstracts that clearly specify the research design of the paper, including its theoretical approach and methods. Abstracts must be submitted on-line at Please also upload a current CV with your submission.

**Participation is limited to students enrolled in degree-granting graduate or professional programs at the time of the conference. Students are responsible for securing their own travel to and from Pittsburgh.

Conversation Tables
Coffee Hours

Turkish Conversation Table
Wednesdays | 4 PM | Espresso Royale on Goodwin

Swedish Coffee Hour
Wednesdays | 4 PM | Espresso Royale on Oregon


If you would like to announce your Fall 2016 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.





European Union Center
University of Illinois
328 International Studies Building MC-429
910 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
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If you would like to announce an
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please send the information by no later than the prior Thursday of the event to: 

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The European Union Center (EUC) is a
National Resource Center, funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant,
and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence funded through the European Union.
The EUC is also funded in part by a "Getting to Know Europe" grant from the Delegation of the EU to the US.